US SIMULATOR manufacturer Reflectone has received a Honeywell contract to design and build three test-benches for use in developing the Primus 2000XP integrated avionics for the Bombardier Global Express long-range business jet.

The test benches will house actual aircraft avionics and the computers and controls needed to monitor and drive them. Two of the systems will include a simulated flight deck, to allow the avionics to be tested in a realistic aircraft environment, says Reflectone.

The Tampa, Florida based company says that the Honeywell contract represents a departure from its usual role of building training simulators, in that the equipment supplied will be used in the design of the aircraft. The Global Express, is scheduled to be flown, in the third quarter of 1996.

Source: Flight International